The Afterlife of Migration: Balikbayans and the Return Economy in Contemporary Manila

Lecture: Center for Southeast Asia Studies | October 25 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Eric Pido, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies

This presentation examines the role of balikbayans, specifically those Filipinos returning to their homeland after living in the U.S. for several decades, in the economic development of the Philippines. While studies on the effects of global migration tend to focus on remittances or the impacts of out-migration on local economies, the model of return economies provides an illuminating case to understand how emerging trends of return migration are propelling transformations within various economies throughout the Global South. Built upon previous strategies of economic development, these return economies convey the material afterlife of migration embodied, in this case, by balikbayans resettling into their homelands and the manner in which they have come to play a central role in the development of their homeland’s economy.

Eric Pido received his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 2011.

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